Disney-Pixar has revealed the character and voice talent line up for its November 22 release Coco that features an all-Latino cast that will bring to life a multi-generational family tale. The voice cast consists of Benjamin Bratt who plays the voice of Miguel’s idol Ernesto de la Cruz, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Edward James Olmos lends his voice to Chicharrón, a curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead. Alanna Ubach provides the voice of Mamá Imelda, Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Selene Luna voices for Tía Rosita, Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead. Alfonso Arau is the voice of
NBCUniversal has disclosed its first wave of theme park plans that capitalise on its 2016 acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. Accordingly, a brand-new DreamWorks Theatre attraction that will open at Comcast-owned Universal Studios at Hollywood in 2018. Created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks’ Artists, a Kung Fu Panda multi-sensory adventure featuring state-of-the-art projection mapping and LED lighting effects will be the theater’s first branded experience in the newly designed venue. Other yet-to-be-announced DreamWorks characters will be featured in their own immersive attractions at the theater. Prior to the theatre’s opening, new DreamWorks costumed characters from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Trolls and Shrek will head to Universal Studios Hollywood this sum
After the departure of its chairman Kaj Hed, Angry Birds developing studio Rovio has effected some changes to its board of directors with a new chairman taking over. After almost a decade in the position, Kaj Hed has stepped down. After his going, Mika Ihamuotila will lead the board having already been a member for four years. Incidentally, Ihamuotila is also a member of the board at Nordic media group Sanoma Corporation and executive chairman for Finnish textile and clothing design company Marimekko. "I am more than excited about my new role as the chairman of Rovio," he said. "I have had the opportunity to build Rovio's future as a Board member since 2013. Rovio is a great company with strong and profitable growth last year. It is a privilege to take part in writing Rovio's succe...
Global independent studio Entertainment One’s revenue rose 35% in fiscal 2017 to the tune of US$1.4 billion. This was due to a boost in its TV and Family businesses. Till the period ended March 31, the company’s Family business gained US$115.3 million in sales driven by the continued strong performance of Peppa Pig as well as growth from PJ Masks. Peppa Pig continued to grow with total retail sales of US$1.2 billion (up from US$1.1 billion in 2016) and licensing and merchandising revenue of US$59.3 million, PJ Masks was a key driver of growth for the business in 2017 with revenue increasing more than 500% year-on-year from US$2.9 million to US$17.5 million. On the whole, the eOne family generated US$1.5 billion of retail sales in full-year 2017 (a 25% year-over-year increase) and almo
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has announced that it is getting into the content arena with KidsClick, a national multi-platform programming block made for children. The content will consist of an ever growing list of long- and short-form video content that is appropriate for kids and advertisers, with an industry exclusive hyper-local advertising/promotional component through Sinclair’s 170+ station websites as well as the website of ThisTV KidsClick, that will air daily after it launches on July 1 will feature robust and age-appropriate content available on all screens including broadcast television, online, pay TV, mobile and over-the-top (OTT). Initially, KidsClick will be available in more than 75 million broadcast TV homes through many Sinclair-owned and operated stations and o
Teaming up with Canada-based Boat Rocker Media for an exclusive global video partnership, New York-based mobile-centric kids media company MarcoPolo Learning has got as much as US$8.5 million in funding in a round led by the former along with Horizons Ventures (Asia), Seedcamp (Europe) and the managing partners of DST Global. Aimed to fuel premium animated long-form pre-school content for linear and digital platforms with Boat Rocker and its family of companies, MarcoPolo will also use the Series A funding round to help grow its award-winning suite of early childhood education apps which currently reach over five million children in more than 150 countries that include the US, China, Russia, the UK and Japan. Terms of the app-plus-video strategy will see each new series leve
Filming of The Legend of Monkey, a big-budget live-action fantasy drama TV series has begun at Auckland. The series that is targeted for families is being produced for ABC, TVNZ and Netflix by Aussie production house See-Saw Films in association with New Zealand’s Jump Film & TV. Inspired by the 16th century literary Chinese fable Journey to the West, the co-production follows the adventures of a teenage girl and a trio of fallen Gods who must restore balance to their world by destroying a demonic evil force. The adaptation’s head writer is Jacquelin Perske, who had earlier written Seven Types of Ambiguity, Spirited. For this particular project, she is working with Samantha Strauss and Craig Irvin.The series is being directed by Gerard Johnstone. The cast includes Chai Hansen as
Canadian media conglomerate Corus Entertainment has reported consolidated revenue of $289.6 million for the period that ended February 28. This was in comparison to $147.5 million posted a year ago representing a 5% decrease on a pro-forma basis. The company has posted below-estimate profits in Q2 2017 as the company’s TV revenue came in lower than expected and its sales, general and administrative expenses jumped to $198 million following its acquisition of Shaw Media last year. Profits for the segment were up 29% to $76.6 million (a 6% increase on last year’s Q2 financials), though the number fell short of estimates, which lay between $79 million and $82.8 million, it is understood. Totally, the Q2 profits of Corus’ TV division rose 25% representing a 1% dip when factoring in the incl
Driven by her unpleasantness over a scheduling conflict, Amy Schumer has quit Sony’s live-action Barbie. “Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress has reportedly said. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen,” she added. The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule has brought the film to a grinding halt. The actress’ schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy Snatched that opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me opposite Steve Carell. Sony needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 relea
India has many successful animation IPs but most of them haven’t travelled to international markets. The country is known for its animation services but there’s no big success story of India in the animation industry. Keeping that in mind, a new studio has come up in town. The studio named Lattu Kids promises to fill this gap and see a development in the international markets. The said studio has been formed by ex-Star India vice-president and head of content syndication, Vivek Bhutyani. It was only last November that he had made open his plan to venture into the OTT sector. Now it seems like his vision is still in place. For the past few months, the man has been in the process of launching India’s first learning and development focused content streaming platform for kids Lattu Kids.